The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard.
I actually finished this challenge early (for once!), but I got so wrapped up in having houseguests this weekend that I completely forgot to post. Oopsie!
Making pavlovas is one of those projects that has been on my baking to-do list for years, so there was no way I was going to sit this one out. I didn’t get the results I wanted, but I know I’ll be that much more prepared for my next attempt.
I was really, really hoping for the perfect meringue shell – crisp on the outside, marshmallow-y in the center – but mine ended up crisp all the way through. My shells weren’t unusually small (I ended up with 8 from a full recipe of meringue) and I only baked them for 2 hours (the low end of the recommended baking time), so I’m not sure what went wrong. Also, my mousse went from zero to sixty in about half a second; as we were warned, the mascarpone did indeed separate. Chunky mousse isn’t a beautiful thing, but it still tasted good.
The unexpected shining star for me was the anglaise sauce… It was amazing. I actually would have rather drizzled that over the pavlovas without any modifications; it seemed like the mascarpone and cream just diluted the flavor.
Thank you, Dawn, for lighting the fire that led to my first pavlova attempt… Hopefully, the second time will be a success!
Recipe link: Chocolate Pavlovas with Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse